Adjudication of Student Misconduct

All policies will be enforced by the Director of Community Standards or designee, as authorized by the Dean of Students. In general, alleged violations of the Rhodes College Honor Code are adjudicated by the Rhodes College Honor Council and violations of all other student disciplinary rules (excluding sex/gender discrimination and sexual misconduct) are adjudicated by the Social Regulations Council in accordance with those groups’ respective constitutions, copies of which are included in this Handbook. The Director of Community Standards may, in his or her complete discretion, designate an alleged violation of a student conduct policy to be reviewed administratively.

When a matter is reviewed administratively, the staff member adjudicating the matter will request a meeting with the student, go over the allegations verbally (written reports can be requested by the student), and ask for a response from the student. The adjudicating staff member may also undertake additional investigation as necessary. The adjudicating staff member reserves the ability to utilize interim actions during an investigation when an incident causes concern about the safety and well-being of the community. Interim actions may include, but are not limited to no contact orders, interim suspension, and temporary removal from campus or housing. To determine if behavior is “in violation” of policy, administrative hearing officers will consider if a violation is “more likely than not” to have occurred, using preponderance of information as a standard of proof. When a determination has been made, the student will be notified of the decision and sanction (if relevant). The disciplinary record of a student found “in violation” of a policy or policies will bear on the severity of a sanction.

A decision reached by an adjudicating staff member may be appealed by the student within four days of the decision. Appeals should be in writing and directed to the Dean of Students or other appeals officer named in the sanctioning letter. The appeal letter shall specify the basis for the appeal. An appeal will be considered based on the supporting documents, unless the appeals officer decides that interviews are warranted, for one or more of the following purposes: to determine whether the hearing was conducted fairly; to determine whether the decision reached was based on a preponderance of the information; to determine whether the sanctions imposed were appropriate for the violations; or to consider new and relevant information, sufficient to alter a decision, but only where such information was not known or available to the appellant at the time of the original hearing. The appeal officer may either sustain the original decision and/or sanction or render a new decision and/or sanction. An appeal may not result in a more severe sanction for the Accused Student.

Legal counsel retained by an Accused student or any other person participating in the hearing shall not attend any administrative hearing. Any advice or assistance requested of legal counsel by a student must be obtained prior to the hearing.

A student that is the subject of  a pending College investigation may be ineligible to graduate from the College until the investigation is resolved. 

Students have the opportunity to apply for a variety of activities at Rhodes, during which the student represents the College and/or is placed in a leadership position. Because of the nature of these opportunities, applications for these positions may include consideration of the applicant’s disciplinary record.

Upon receipt of a signed release from the requesting student/alumni, Rhodes College will report to institutions or agencies outside the College only those disciplinary violations that result in disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension, or expulsion from the College. Disciplinary records are maintained for 7 years post-graduation or separation from the College.